dis·​card | \ dis-ˈkärd How to pronounce discard (audio) , ˈdis-ˌkärd \
discarded; discarding; discards

Definition of discard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to get rid of especially as useless or unwanted a pile of discarded tires They quickly discarded the idea.
2a : to remove (a playing card) from one's hand (see hand entry 1 sense 7a(1)) discarded an ace
b : to play (any card except a trump) from a suit different from the one led

intransitive verb

: to discard a playing card discard at the end of your turn


dis·​card | \ ˈdis-ˌkärd How to pronounce discard (audio) \

Definition of discard (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act of removing a playing card from one's hand : the act of discarding (see discard entry 1 sense 2a)
b : a card discarded collected the discards
2 : one that is cast off or rejected

Other Words from discard


discardable \ dis-​ˈkärd-​də-​bəl How to pronounce discard (audio) , ˈdis-​ˌkär-​ \ adjective
discarder noun

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discard, cast, shed, slough, scrap, junk mean to get rid of. discard implies the letting go or throwing away of something that has become useless or superfluous though often not intrinsically valueless. discard old clothes cast, especially when used with off, away, or out, implies a forceful rejection or repudiation. cast off her friends shed and slough imply a throwing off of something both useless and encumbering and often suggest a consequent renewal of vitality or luster. shed a bad habit finally sloughed off the depression scrap and junk imply throwing away or breaking up as worthless in existent form. scrap all the old ways would junk our educational system

Examples of discard in a Sentence

Verb Remove and discard the stems. a pile of discarded tires She discarded the six of hearts. Noun toss all of your discards in the garbage
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Meanwhile, Americans discard over 70 billion pounds of food into landfills each year, according to the EPA. Meimei Fox, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Consumers who have purchased the Whole Foods Market 365 Organic Creamy Caesar Dressing should discard the product. Chris Smith, BGR, 12 Apr. 2022 Mike Pence to illegally discard certain electoral votes. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 7 Mar. 2022 The legislation would discard the special counsel process that was created to resolve the dispute — but exactly what would happen to the $100,000 remains unresolved. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Feb. 2022 Employers like Amazon would discard a tenth of their staff at some installations every year. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 8 Feb. 2022 Supermarkets, food distributors and restaurants often discard food that’s still edible to make way for newer inventory. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Jan. 2022 Customers who have purchased these products should discard or return them. Marc Bona, cleveland, 21 Dec. 2021 If a plant seems overwhelmed by them, discard it rather than trying to save it. Neil Sperry Down To Earth, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Beginning in 2017, discard rates started a steady rise. Anchorage Daily News, 4 Apr. 2022 To take full advantage of the compute resources at the edge, enterprises must be able to locally store, use and, most importantly, aggregate data, meaning discard any unnecessary data and send only what’s necessary from the edge to the data center. David Flower, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 The Jaguars discard, who found his sea legs in the postseason for the Bucs last year, was Brady’s most reliable weapon Sunday night. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Oct. 2021 Remove the vanilla bean and discard, or rinse, dry well and add to granulated sugar to make vanilla sugar. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2020 Use a spider skimmer to remove the meat and other solids and discard. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 26 Feb. 2022 Strain through a fine wire- mesh strainer, mashing mixture to release liquid; discard solids and chill. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 4 Nov. 2021 Transfer the mushrooms to a cutting board, cut off the stems and discard. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 Run under cold water, then peel eggs; discard shells. Kate Merker, Country Living, 29 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of discard


circa 1578, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1719, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Discard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discard. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for discard


dis·​card | \ di-ˈskärd How to pronounce discard (audio) \
discarded; discarding

Kids Definition of discard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to get rid of as useless or unwanted
2 : to throw down an unwanted card from a hand of cards


dis·​card | \ ˈdi-ˌskärd How to pronounce discard (audio) \

Kids Definition of discard (Entry 2 of 2)

: something thrown away or rejected

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